Podcast 1 - Music and Code

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Podcast #1 - Music and Code by Eric David Smith

Welcome to the Eric David Smith Podcast - Episode 1 - Music and Code

Today, I'm talking about a fascinating correlation and pattern you may have seen in your own life: Music and Programming.


You might be thinking - what does Beethoven have to do with JavaScript? It turns out, more than you'd expect! Both music and programming are languages of creation, each with its unique grammar, syntax, and semantics.

Famous Musicians Who Code

Let's talk about some famous musicians who also have been known to dabble in programming. Brian Eno, for instance, the father of ambient music, is known to have used algorithms to create generative, ever-evolving soundscapes.

More Famous Musicians Who Code

On the flip side, we have programmers who found success in the world of music. Did you know that James Murphy, the frontman of LCD Soundsystem, started his career as a programmer? He later moved into music production and even introduced elements of algorithmic composition into his works.

Backed By Science

So why do we see this correlation? Well, science has some intriguing answers. A 2019 study by the University of San Francisco showed that learning to program affects the brain much like studying music does. Both activities engage the brain's executive functions - things like problem-solving, attention to detail, and managing multiple tasks efficiently.

Find The Patterns

But it's not just about the brain. It's about patterns. Music is inherently mathematical, filled with repeating patterns, fractions, and sequences - much like programming. When we code, we're often crafting intricate patterns and sequences to solve a problem or create something new.


Both music and programming require a keen sense of logic and an understanding of complex systems. In both fields, you need to understand the whole to effectively manipulate the parts. They both have an undercurrent of innovation, a love for creating, and a desire to push boundaries.

Flow State

And then there's the flow state. In music, it's when you're lost in the melody, every note resonating within you. In programming, it's when the code flows from your fingertips, each function slotting into place like a well-orchestrated symphony. They both offer the joy of creating and the thrill of bringing something new into existence.

Find Your Sound

So next time you sit down to write that complex piece of code or master a complicated piece of music, remember, you're participating in a long history of creators who have found joy and meaning in the rhythms and patterns that underpin both music and programming.

This Song Is Not Over

We've just begun to scratch the surface of this fascinating intersection. There's so much more to explore, and we will, in future episodes. But until then, keep creating, keep innovating, and remember – music and code are two languages of the same creative human spirit.

Thank You For Checking Out This Podcast

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Eric David Smith
Software Engineer / Musician / Entrepreneur

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